On This Day

2006 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

  • Jul 5 Emergency United Nations Security Council meeting at the U.N in New York City because of North Korean missile tests that day
  • Jul 6 The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years
  • Jul 9 At least 122 people killed after a Sibir Airlines Airbus A310 passenger jet, carrying 200 passengers veers off the runway while landing at Irkutsk Airport in Siberia in wet conditions
  • Jul 10 Pakistan International Flight PK-688 crashes in Multan, Pakistan shortly after takeoff, killing all 45 people on board
  • Jul 11 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai, India
  • Jul 12 Hezbollah initiates Operation True Promise.
  • Jul 27 The Federal Republic of Germany is deemed guilty in the loss of Bashkirian 2937 and DHL Flight 611, because it is illegal to outsource flight surveillance

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 31 Fidel Castro temporarily hands over power to brother Raúl Castro. This leads to a celebration in Little Havana (La Pequeña Habana in Spanish), Miami, Florida, where many Cuban Americans participated.

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • Aug 4 Dame Silvia Cartwright steps down as the Governor-General of New Zealand and is replaced by The Honourable Anand Satyanand, who is sworn in 23 August
  • Aug 10 Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial aircraft.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Aug 15 Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, publishes documents confirming German writer Günter Grass' membership of the Waffen-SS in World War II

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • Aug 23 Natascha Kampusch, who was abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
  • Aug 24 The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko is sentenced to 9 years in federal prison for money laundering, wire fraud, and extortion

Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko
Prime Minister of Ukraine
Pavlo Lazarenko
  • Aug 25 Hyperion, the world's tallest living tree, a Redwood standing 115.55 m (379.1 ft), discovered by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor in Redwood National and State Parks, California
  • Aug 27 Comair Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia killing 49 of 50 on board

Person of InterestThe Scream

Aug 31 Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" is recovered from a raid by Norwegian police. The painting was said to be in a better-than-expected condition.

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The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
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Book releaseHistoric Publication

Sep 6 "New Moon" second book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown, sells 5.3 million copies (2015)

  • Sep 13 At Dawson College (Montreal), Kimveer Gill kills one student and wounds 19 others before committing suicide.
  • Sep 16 31st Toronto International Film Festival: "Bella" directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 19 Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok. The Constitution is revoked and martial law is declared.
  • Sep 22 A German maglev train crashes, killing 23.
  • Sep 22 The F-14 Tomcat retires from the United States Navy
  • Sep 22 Hezbollah claims "Divine Victory" over Israel in a massive demonstration in Beirut.
  • Sep 29 US Representative Mark Foley resigns after allegations of inappropriate emails to house pages were introduced.
  • Sep 30 the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Constitutional Act that proclaimed the new Constitution of Serbia.
  • Oct 1 Indra Nooyi becomes the new CEO of PepsiCo
  • Oct 2 Charles Carl Roberts murders five schoolgirls in a shooting incident at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania; he then commits suicide.

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Oct 4 WikiLeaks is launched, created by internet activist Julian Assange

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks Founder
Julian Assange
  • Oct 9 North Korea conducts its first nuclear test, with an estimated yield of between 0.4-2 kilotons
  • Oct 13 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to banker Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for their microlending practises
  • Oct 17 The United States population reaches 300 million
  • Oct 22 Panama Canal expansion proposal is approved by 77.8% of voters in a National referendum held in Panama
  • Oct 23 "The Black Parade" 3rd studio album by My Chemical Romance is released
  • Oct 24 Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the "motive clause", an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act
  • Oct 24 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Venus flyby

  • Oct 28 Funeral service for the peace of the executed at Bykivnia forest, outside of Kiev, Ukraine, with reburial of 817 Ukrainian civilians (out of some 100,000) executed by Bolsheviks at Bykivnia in 1930s - early 1940s.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 5 Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar are sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for the role in the massacre of the 148 Shi'as in 1982.

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • Nov 10 Sri Lankan Tamil Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj assassinated in Colombo.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 11 New Zealand war memorial monument unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Nov 12 Former Soviet republic of South Ossetia holds a second referendum on independence from Georgia
  • Nov 17 Official naming of element 111, Roentgenium (Rg).
  • Nov 21 Anti-Syrian Lebanese Minister and MP Pierre Gemayel is assassinated in suburban Beirut.
  • Nov 24 Israeli rapist Benny Sela escapes from police custody while being transferred to a court hearing.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 27 The Canadian House of Commons endorses Prime Minister Stephen Harper's motion to declare Québécois a nation within a unified Canada.

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Nov 27 Francesco Cossiga, Italian politician and former President of the Italian Republic, resigns from his position as lifetime senator

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 30 American folk artist "Grandma" Moses' 1943 painting "Sugaring Off" sells for a record $1.3 million for the artist, by Christie's in New York

Primitive Painter Grandma Moses
Primitive Painter
Grandma Moses
  • Nov 30 South Africa's Civil Union Act of 2006 legalizes same-sex marriage, becomes fifth country in the world and first in Africa to do so
  • Dec 4 An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo
  • Dec 5 Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.
  • Dec 6 NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars
  • Dec 7 A tornado struck Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging around 150 properties.
  • Dec 9 Moscow suffers its worst fire since 1977, killing 45 women in a drug rehabitational center.
  • Dec 10 One million Lebanese opposition supporters gather in downtown Beirut, calling for the government to resign.

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Dec 11 International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • Dec 12 Peugeot produces its last car at the Ryton Plant signalling the end of mass car production in Coventry, formerly a major centre of the British motor industry.
  • Dec 13 The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, announced as extinct.
  • Dec 15 First flight of the F-35 Lightning II.
  • Dec 20 A judge rules against the death penalty in the case of Naveed Haq, a man convicted in the shooting death and injuries at the Jewish Federation in Seattle.
  • Dec 21 Puzzle Play aired to network Ten, replacing In the Box
  • Dec 22 Australian archaeologist Sue O'Connor finds first evidence of modern humans in Jerimalai cave, near Lene Hara cave in East Timor
  • Dec 26 The 2006 Hengchun earthquake with 7.1 magnitude hit Taiwan.
  • Dec 30 Madrid Barajas International Airport is bombed.

Birthdays in History


Weddings in History


Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 200 of 327

  • Apr 25 Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian author and urbanologist (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), dies at 89
  • Apr 27 Julia Thorne, American writer & ex-wife of John Kerry, dies at 61

Person of interestJohn Kenneth Galbraith

Apr 29 John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian economist (Affluent Society-58 Hillman Award), dies of natural causes at 97

Economist and Author John Kenneth Galbraith
Economist and Author
John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Apr 30 Lawrence Patrick, Biomechanics Professor, crash test subject
  • Apr 30 Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist
  • May 1 Rob Lacey, Christian Author. (b. 1962)
  • May 2 Louis Rukeyser, American columnist (b. 1933)
  • May 3 Karel Appel, Dutch painter (Vragende Children), dies at 85
  • May 3 Pramod Mahajan, Indian politician (b. 1949)
  • May 5 Joep de Boer, Dutch naval officer and politician (CDA), dies at 81
  • May 6 Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor (b. 1906)
  • May 6 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (b. 1926)
  • May 6 Grant McLennan, co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens (b. 1958)
  • May 6 Lorne Saxberg, Canadian television journalist (b. 1958)
  • May 7 Richard Carleton, Australian news reporter (b.1943)
  • May 7 Joan C. Edwards, American philanthropist (b. 1918)
  • May 8 Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road photographer (b. 1938)
  • May 10 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (b. 1917)
  • May 10 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), dies at 84
  • May 12 Sonny Montgomery, American politician (Rep-D-Mississippi 1967-97), dies at 85
  • May 13 Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (b. 1923)
  • May 14 Stanley Kunitz, American poet (b. 1905)
  • May 17 Cy Feuer, American playwright (b. 1911)
  • May 17 Eric Forth, British Member of Parliament (b. 1944)
  • May 17 Captain Nichola Goddard, Canadian soldier (b. 1980)
  • May 18 Andrew Martinez, American activist (U.C. Berkeley's "Naked Guy"), dies at 33
  • May 22 Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization, dies of stroke at 61
  • May 22 Heather Crowe, Canadian activist (b. 1945)
  • May 23 Clifford Antone, American businessman, dies at 56
  • May 23 Lloyd Bentsen, American politician (b. 1921)
  • May 23 Frits Bernard, American clinical psychologist and pedophile activist, dies at 85
  • May 24 Henry Bumstead, American art director (b. 1915)
  • May 24 Michał Życzkowski, Polish technician (b. 1930)
  • May 26 Édouard Michelin, CEO of tire manufacturer Michelin (b. 1963)
  • May 27 Alex Toth, American cartoonist (b. 1928)
  • May 27 Rob Borsellino, American columnist (b. 1949)
  • May 29 Steve Mizerak, American pool player (b. 1944)
  • May 29 Jacques Bouchard, Canadian advertising executive, dies at 75
  • May 30 David Lloyd, New Zealand biologist (b. 1938)
  • May 30 Marius van Amelsvoort, Dutch politician (CDA), dies at 75
  • May 31 Ryan Bennett, broadcast commentator (b. 1970)
  • May 31 Miguel Berrocal, sculptor (b. 1933)
  • May 31 Raymond Davis Jr., American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • Jun 5 Frederick Franck, American artist and writer (b. 1909)
  • Jun 6 Arnold Newman, American photographer (b. 1918)
  • Jun 7 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Jordanian-born Mujahid (b. 1966)
  • Jun 8 Abouna Matta El Meskeen, Coptic Orthodox monk (b. 1919)
  • Jun 11 Bruce Shand, father of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (b. 1917)
  • Jun 11 Michael Bartosh, computer expert and author (b. 1977)
  • Jun 11 George Washington, American boxing trainer (Riddick Bowe and Mark Breland), dies of heart failure at 79
  • Jun 12 Kenneth Roy Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet, Canadian businessman and art collector (b. 1923)
  • Jun 13 Charles Haughey, Irish Taoiseach (1979-81, 82, 87-92), dies at 80
  • Jun 14 Jean Roba, Belgian comics author (Boule et Bill), dies at 75
  • Jun 15 Alireza Shapour Shahbazi, Iranian archaeologist and a world expert on Achaemenid archeology, dies of cancer at 63
  • Jun 23 Harriet, Galápagos tortoise (b. 1830)
  • Jun 24 Patsy Ramsey, mother of JonBenét Ramsey (b. 1956)
  • Jun 25 Jaap Penraat, Dutch architect (b. 1918)
  • Jun 27 Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, Mexican serial killer, known as "The Railway Killer" (b. 1959)
  • Jun 28 Jim Baen, American sci-fi publisher and editor (b. 1943)
  • Jun 28 Peter Rawlinson, Baron Rawlinson of Ewell, English barrister, politician and author (b. 1919)
  • Jun 28 George Unwin, British WWII fighter ace (b. 1913)
  • Jun 30 Robert Gernhardt, German satirist (b. 1937)
  • Jul 3 Joseph Goguen, American computer scientist (professor of Computer Science at the University of California and University of Oxford), dies at 65
  • Jul 5 Kenneth Lay, American CEO and Chairman of Enron, dies at 64
  • Jul 7 Juan de Ávalos, Spanish sculptor (b. 1911)
  • Jul 7 John Money, Sexologist (b. 1921)
  • Jul 10 Shamil Basayev, Chechen rebel (b. 1965)
  • Jul 15 Robert H. Brooks, founder of Hooters of America (b. 1937)
  • Jul 16 Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas (b. 1948)
  • Jul 17 Mickey Spillane [Frank Morrison Spillane], American mystery writer (I the Jury), dies at 88
  • Jul 20 Ted Grant, British Trotskyist (b. 1913)
  • Jul 21 Ta Mok, "The Khmer Rouge Butcher", war criminal in Democratic Kampuchea (b. 1926)
  • Jul 22 José Antonio Delgado, Venezuelan mountain climber (b. 1965)
  • Jul 22 James E. West, mayor of Spokane, Washington (b. 1950)
  • Jul 23 Jean-Paul Desbiens, Quebec writer and journalist (b. 1927)
  • Jul 25 Carl Brashear, first African-American U.S Navy Master Diver (b. 1931)
  • Jul 27 Maryann Mahaffey, American politician (b. 1925)
  • Jul 28 David Gemmell, British writer (b. 1948)
  • Jul 29 Jim Olin, American politician (Rep-D-VA, 1983-93), dies at 86
  • Jul 30 Murray Bookchin, American libertarian socialist (b. 1921)
  • Aug 1 Jason Rhoades, American installation artist (b. 1965)
  • Aug 1 Bob Thaves, American cartoonist (Frank and Ernest), dies at 81
  • Aug 1 Iris Marion Young, American feminist and political scientist (b. 1949)
  • Aug 5 Susan Butcher, American sled dog champion (b. 1954)
  • Aug 5 Hugo Schiltz, Flemish lawyer and politician, dies at 78
  • Aug 7 Mary Anderson Bain, American New Deal politician (b. 1911)
  • Aug 9 James van Allen, American physicist (discovered Van Allen radiation belts), dies at 91
  • Aug 9 Philip E. High, sci-fi author (b. 1914)
  • Aug 11 Mike Douglas, American talk show host (The Mike Douglas Show), dies at 86
  • Aug 15 Te Atairangikaahu, Māori Queen for 40 years, dies at 75
  • Aug 15 Doug White, American news anchor
  • Aug 16 Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
  • Aug 16 Herschel Green, American pilot (b. 1920)
  • Aug 16 Alfredo Stroessner, 42nd President of Paraguay (1954-89), dies at 93
  • Aug 18 Jamie Astaphan, Caribbean-born physician (b. 1946)
  • Aug 20 Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (Pulitzer Prize-Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima), dies at 94
  • Aug 20 Bryan Budd, British soldier (Afghanistan), dies at 29
  • Aug 20 Richard Arthur de Yarburgh-Bateson, 6th Lord Deramore, British architect, dies at 95
  • Aug 21 Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, Dutch businessman and philanthropist (b. 1941)

Person of interestEd Warren

Aug 23 Ed Warren, American paranormal investigator, dies at 79

Paranormal Investigator Ed Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Ed Warren